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What's New: Week of September 27


Deadline reminder: Due to the holidays, deadlines have changed. Sept. 28 is the deadline for the issue of Oct. 18. Oct. 15 is the deadline for the issue of Oct. 25. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or send an email to:


Saturday, Sept. 29



Rabbi Avrohom Plotkin discusses “Can We Buy Off God With Charity?” at Chabad of Markham,; 905-886-0420.



Morley Goldberg discusses the Torah reading, at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 3080 Bayview Ave.

Sunday, Sept. 30



Temple Kol Ami, 36 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill, holds a Sukkot family program and dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds its family Sukkot festival, 10 a.m., 131 Fenn Ave. RSVP 416-385-3910 or

Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave., invites families to decorate the sukkah and bimah, 11 a.m. RSVP; 416-487-3281.

Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 2 Simonston Blvd., Thornhill, invites families to decorate the sukkah, 1 p.m. RSVP 905-889-4975, ext. 62, or

Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden, 18 Lebovic Campus Dr., Richmond Hill, celebrates Sukkot 12- 4 p.m.


Five architecturally unique sukkahs are on display at Mel Lastman Square, noon-4 p.m. Free snacks, family activities and music by The Klezmatics. Exhibit runs until Oct. 3.


Thursday, Oct. 4



David Gale discusses the Yiddish Theatre Workshop, and Irene Rauch discusses Yiddish theatre in Montreal. 12 p.m. Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. RSVP



The Vision Impaired Persons Alumni Group, Richmond Hill, meets at Langstaff Community Centre, 155 Red Maple Dr. 12 p.m. John Rafferty, CEO of CNIB, speaks. RSVP Alberta, 905-294-2245.


Intermediate Hebrew classes tonight, 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave. Beginners classes start Oct. 9. Call 416-487-3281.


Other News



Circle of Care needs volunteer drivers for kosher meals-on-wheels delivery and visitors, especially people who speak Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian or Hungarian. Call Lysa Springer, 416-635-2900, ext. 496.

Reena, a social-service agency supporting people with developmental disabilities, needs administrative volunteers for its Thornhill offices. Call Millie Chadwick, 905-889-2690, ext. 2112, or


Baycrest needs volunteers of all ages (over 13) to escort residents to evening and weekend programs and be companions. Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2572.

Hospice Thornhill needs volunteers to help families dealing with serious illness and for fundraising. 905-764-0656.



Fun Yiddish classes for children begin Oct. 14. A Yiddish conversation class will also be offered Thursday afternoons starting Oct. 18. Call Ester Klimitz, 416-635-2883, ext. 5189;



Celebrate Sukkot at Bela Farm with movement, study and meditative prayer, Oct. 7, 11 a.m., 5726 Sixth Lone, Hillsburgh, Ont.



Register for Rhythms of Jewish Living, with Yehudit Shier Weisberg, and Purposes of Jewish Living, with Shayna Kravetz. Classes  Wednesday mornings for 30 weeks. Call Loretta, 416-789-7400.



Baycrest Holocaust Resource Program is offering support groups for child survivors of the Holocaust and adult children of survivors starting this month. Call Shoshana Yaakobi, 416-785-2500, ext. 2271, or email



New Voices for Yiddish presents the musical Let There Be Light, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., at the City Playhouse Theatre, Thornhill. For tickets, call 905-882-7469.



Registration is open for Temple Emanu-El’s fall lecture series, Mondays, 2 p.m. starting Oct. 15. Speakers include Iain Scott (on Marilyn Horne); Doug Purdon (on Norman Rockwell’s America); Rick Phillips (on Chopin); Adam Chapnick (“Foreign Aid in the 21st Century”); Nelson Wiseman (“Canadian Multiculturalism”). $45 for the series/$10 per lecture. Call 416-449-3880.

 Registration is required for all programs. Groups and workshops are open to all members of the community and fee reductions are available. All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted. Call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or

Effective Parenting. A 4-session group for parents of children aged 2 to 11. Starts Oct. 4, Promenade Mall, Suite 313.

Successful Step-Parenting.  A 4-session group for couples living in blended families. Starts Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite #313.

Mind-Body Connection for Women. An 8-session group for women to learn stress reduction techniques. Starts Oct. 17, 35 Madison Ave., 3 p.m., or Oct. 25, Lipa Green Centre, 7 p.m.

Younger Widow/Widower Bereavement Group. A 6-session discussion series for people under 60. Starts Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Understanding Anxieties and Learning Disabilities in Children. A workshop for parents and professionals, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate: What To Tell the Kids. A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Adult Children Losing a Parent. A 6-session group for adults who have recently lost a parent, starts Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Widow/Widowers over 65. A 6-session group, starts Oct. 31, 1 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups. Call Beth Feffer at JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or


Association of Jewish Seniors  holds its sukkot lunch  with entertainment, Oct. 4. $20/$25. RSVP needed.  Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. The clubhouse is temporarily closed for renovations. All activities are in the Earl Bales Community Centre.   Casino Rama, Oct. 17. Lunch and leaves trip, Oct. 23. Sunday night dance, Oct. 14. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m. first class free; Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Seniors Gentle Fitness at Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W. 416-665-9050. Feldenkrais awareness through movement, Mondays; Tai Chi Chih, Thursdays. Register before Sept. 27.

Earl Bales Seniors Woodworkers has state-of-the-art equipment and is open to seniors interested in woodworking and crafts. Call Morty, 416-783-6078, 416-630-6487.

Seniors Bowling group is looking for members, meets Tuesday afternoons at Playtime Bowl. Call Gerry, 416-633-7594.

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food, card games, casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue welcomes new players for mah-jong and Rummikub Monday and Wednesday afternoons. 416-633-3838.

Active Seniors & Boomers, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Oct. 4, Harold Troper discusses Judy Feld Carr and the secret rescue of the Syrian Jews,    1:30 p.m. Iain Scott’s opera series begins Oct. 16.

Active 55 Plus Fitness, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 526. Sept. 28, Chris Upwood   discusses “Sleep Better Naturally,” 9:30 a.m.

Circle of Care/Baycrest has expanded and has some spaces at its day centre for seniors with dementia. Meals, transportation provided. Call 416-635-2860.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881,

Toddler daycare spots available, call Kailah, ext. 4351.

Red Cross babysitter’s course Oct. 7. Call Danya, ext. 4235.

Chai Dancers, a multicultural folkdance performing group, has openings for new members. Dance experience required. Call Teme Kernerman, ext. 4364.

A new social club for people over 55 is being formed. Call Bernice, 416-633-7034, or Terrie, 905-709-1090.

 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Tied Together, a photo exhibit of prostate cancer survivors, is on display Sept. 29-Oct. 21.

End Shabbat and kick off Nuit Blanche with a musical, rooftop Havdalah, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

For information about the adult daytime choir, email No experience needed.

Media Mondays, film studies, lectures with clips, returns with “The Social Cinema of Sidney Lumet.” Starts Oct. 15. Call ext. 606.

A new theatre group, led by L.J. Nelles, starts Oct. 18. Actors rehearse pieces from new Canadian Jewish theatre. Call ext. 606.

Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays, 7:15 a.m., Sundays, 8 a.m. Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

 Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821.

The daycare is still accepting registrations.

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